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MNS Faculty/Student Team Transforms Audubon Society's Bristol Aquarium

July 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. - If you visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Environmental Education Center in Bristol this summer, get ready to stumble upon a number of new exhibits featuring marine animals -- like a rare orange lobster -- thanks to a state-of-the-art aquarium renovation led by a team of marine biology students and faculty from RWU.

Andy Rhyne, assistant professor of marine biology in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, and a team of students worked for three months to create a new infrastructure that would transform Audubon’s aquarium exhibits.

"The Center was built in July 2000, and we got to the point that we needed to do a major renovation with the aquarium space," says Anne DiMonti, director of the Environmental Education Center. "We needed desperate help.”

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The Proof is in the Pudding: RWU Among Top 10 College Dining Halls

July 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. --, a resource for prospective college students, has named Roger Williams University to its 2015 list of Best College Dining Halls in the nation. The list includes 18 colleges, and RWU scored a coveted spot in the Top 10 at No. 7.

The site applauds RWU for its diverse selection and locally-sourced ingredients. “Committed to using fresh, locally obtained and sustainable products whenever possible, the dining available at Roger Williams University is bar none. With several dining facilities available on campus, students are never far from a nutritious and delicious meal.”

Student Engineers from RWU Capture Top Honors in FAA Competition

July 10, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – By developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real-world challenges facing the aviation industry, two teams of engineering students from Roger Williams University earned top honors in this year’s Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored university design competition.

Four Class of 2015 graduates – Hy Dinh, Emily Field, Andrew Hannigan and Kristen Tetreault – captured first place in the airport environmental interactions category. And two fellow School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management students – Ryland Brickner-McDonald and Mohamad Ghulam – landed first place (tied with a team from Binghamton University) in the airport operations and maintenance category.

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Reflections on Patriotism: ‘Are Patriots Born? Or Can They Be Made?’

July 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In kicking off its famed Independence Day celebration on Saturday morning, the Town of Bristol held its Patriotic Exercises, for the 230th consecutive year, on the steps of the Colt School on Hope Street. As this year’s Patriotic Speaker, Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish offered the following remarks on patriotism.

I want to begin by thanking the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for selecting me to give this year’s Patriotic Speech. It is an enormous honor and privilege to be speaking as the 230th speaker at our country’s oldest Fourth of July parade, and I am very grateful and humbled. I also want to congratulate Ray Gallison, our local assemblyman, for his selection as Chief Marshal of the parade, and I’d like as well to acknowledge all the public servants, elected and appointed, who are here today to celebrate Independence Day in beautiful Bristol, R.I.

President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Final Report: 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships

July 10, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Several sailors were in position to contend for qualification spots on the US Sailing Youth Worlds Team as they entered Friday’s final set of races at the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, hosted by Roger Williams University at the new Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center.

Excitement was in the air, and the breeze on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay cooperated, which made for some great racing. There were several contenders making their way up the leaderboard and challenging the leaders, which made for a climactic finish to the premiere youth sailing regatta in the country. Sailors raced in 4 to 8 knots with light chop, under mostly sunny skies.

For social media coverage, daily video highlights, results and standings, photo galleries and more information from the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.

Here are the results for each of the five classes:

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Viewer’s Guide: US Sailing’s Youth Champs at New Sailing Center

July 6, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Starting this morning, the doors to the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center at Roger Williams University – the first fully donor-funded building in University history – are officially open. And with US Sailing’s 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship kicking off today, the building is already abuzz with sailors. Here’s your Viewer’s Guide to this week’s event…

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RWU Faculty Member Andrew Rhyne Creates New Tool to Track Fish Species in Aquarium Trade

June 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Have you ever wondered where the tropical fish sold in pet stores come from?

Andrew L. Rhyne, assistant professor of marine biology in the Feinstein School of Arts and Sciences and research scientist at the New England Aquarium, has created a new online tool that now tracks the tropical fish imported into the U.S. including how many and from what countries.

Rhyne worked with Michael Tlusty, director of research at the New England Aquarium, in creating the interactive online data tool,, to better understand the diversity and magnitude of the marine aquarium trade.

Together and with collaborations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program and the U.S. Wildlife Service, Rhyne and Tlusty gathered 2.7 million shipment records to identify the more than 2,250 marine fish species and 725 invertebrates such as live corals that have been imported into the U.S.

RWU's Fourth of July Parade Float Bridges the Coasts

June 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Take a stroll along the south side of campus near Maple Hall this week and you won’t miss the dozens of hardworking orientation advisors armored in sunscreen and powered by excitement as they hammer, paint and anchor the final pieces in place on the annual RWU Fourth of July Parade Float.

For almost 20 years, Roger Williams University students have created a parade float that marches in the historic Bristol Fourth of July Parade that draws hundreds of thousands of families and community members each year. The float, featuring the theme “From Sea to Shining Sea,” will encompass a multitude of American icons and landmarks depicting the country’s beauty from coast to coast.

A long-standing campus tradition led by the orientation advisors, the parade float planning begins in March with brainstorm sessions and group discussions on potential themes, visuals and props. Construction of the float started in June and was led between orientation sessions by 40 orientation advisors that rotated shifts each day.

For Mixed-Status Latino Families, Family-Based Strengths Counter Major Challenges

June 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing poverty and discrimination to a scarcity of jobs, food and childcare assistance, mixed-immigration-status Latino families in Rhode Island encounter major challenges – yet in the face of that adversity, they build strong family relationships, hold high educational expectations and benefit from bilingual communication skills of children in those households.

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